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  1. I have been metal detecting for over 45 years now and have waited decades for a metal detector like the Equinox 800. Until now the so-called "do-it-all" multipurpose metal detectors have been very limited in one fashion or another. In particular, there has been a wide gap between metal detectors that can handle saltwater very well and those that are very good at gold nugget prospecting. Waterproof detectors have also tended to be feature limited in the past, heavy, and usually expensive. I primarily prospect for gold nuggets, and hunt for coins and jewelry both in parks and at the beach /
    4 points
  2. I have been metal detecting for nearly 50 years now, and it is exciting to see the technology come this far. The GPX 6000 is the perfect detector for U.S. nugget hunters in the 2020s. The 6000 hits gold almost as small as the hottest VLFs while also punching deep on large nuggets. The detector has superb ergonomics, is very easy to operate, and is not the most expensive option. This balanced approach, with a focus on small gold, makes me think that if a prospector can afford it, and wants just one detector to hunt for gold nuggets in the United States... the GPX 6000 is the answer. I am pairin
    3 points
  3. This is a well made, well thought out and extremely deep, powerful detector. The switchable frequencies (5/ 14 & 20 kHz) and make it super versatile in any conditions. All programs and features are visible on screen--simple to customize for the novice but with the most advanced discriminate and tough ground features available. Unbelievable to have this kind of power and fidelity in a water machine! Also--the best audio of any machine I've used--great separation in iron and the new 10" coil is a great addition. Love this detector!! cjc
    3 points
  4. Recently purchased the XP ORX. A family member gave me a generous dollar amount Amazon gift card. I had nothing to spend it on since I'm not a Prime customer and I was sort of missing my former Deus. I had read a lot of speculative reviews (how can you write a review without having one in your hands to use) and some really negative ones too which had lots of seemingly inaccurate information. So I was eager to give the ORX a try once it became possible, money wise. I sold my Deus because of the lack of ID normalization for the HF coils which made coin and jewelry detecting no fun with them
    3 points
  5. This is just a preliminary review of my QED PL3 which has the August 2019 update, a Sadie NuggetFinder 8X6" coil, Detech 12.5" mono coil, Commander 11" DD coil, the small control box and the battery and guts of the detector under the arm cuff. It looks similar to the one in the second photo above except that mine has a Whites S curve TDI SL type shaft. Unlike the stats listed by Steve H, mine weighs 3 lbs 8 oz with the Sadie and with an 11" Commander or Detech coil it weighs 4 lbs. My QED is not optimized for USA 60 Hz power sources so I cannot use it very close to power lines or near my
    2 points
  6. The Vanquish 440 with the 10” coil is beautifully balanced and makes a great grab and go detector, a loaner or a wonderful beginner detector with all of the features needed to be successful at metal detecting. Just like the Vanquish 340, it will detect targets very accurately down to 10” even in mineralized soil, it works well on salt water beaches and it has three features that are not on the 340 which are an excellent pinpoint function, the ability to customize discrimination patterns, and the great iron identification tool, the horseshoe button. For a person on a tight budget that wants to
    2 points
  7. The DFX300 can be incredibly simple or incredibly complex depending on how you want to use it and how much time you have for tinkering. There are a lot of programs out there for this machine but many of them really don't do a great deal. Remember that many were designed by individuals for the ground they were working on. There really isn't a "one size fits all" program. Even though the DFX300 is getting on for 11-12 years old...or at least the newer version is which is the one I have, it can still easily match and in some cases surpass the high end detectors of today. Sure there have bee
    2 points
  8. I would like to begin this review with a bit of background. A couple of years ago I received a phone call from an old prospector that I had not seen since since the late 1980s when I was involved in testing a prototype pulse induction detector developed by Bruce Candy, one of the original Minelab team. I had tested one of Bruce's earlier VLF prototypes of the GT16000, in the process of which I turned up a 98 oz nugget in a patch of over 300 ozs. It was while I was in London that I picked up a newspaper and read of a new type of metal detector developed by Eric Foster of Pulse Induction Te
    2 points
  9. Great pulse induction detector that gets a really bad rep some of the time because of it's weight. The detector itself is cumbersome. It feels much more bulky, when folded, and when in operation than the SDC or other mine detecting platforms - which is what the housing is based on, the Garrett Recon. I love being able to stuff the SDC in a backpack and barely feel it while hiking, you CAN stuff the ATX in a bag, but you are going to be poked and prodded because of its awkward collapsed shape that doesn't fit well in smaller backpacks (think greater than 35L or 21" plus main compartment depth.)
    2 points
  10. I've owned my MDT 8000 for almost a year now. It's a tricky machine to master, but I think I've managed to wrap my head around it for the most part. I use it primarily for the beach and it works great, especially in the wet sand! I am able to use salt balance and black sand settings to get rid of annoying falsing signals, and when you run it in all metal mode, its deeper than any VLF machine I currently own. Its definitely a keeper!
    1 point
  11. Currently deciding if the Tarascci is what I need. Steve's review got a lot of important information. So much so I reread portions of it to go along with other info and videos out there. I stress that buying anything on impulse isn't the way to go. It's information like Steve's that's needed to help make the right move. Dancer
    1 point
  12. I been using the F22 for about 2 months now. I really like like. I have found many coins but the only drawback I see is that it will only detect coins at about 7" or less. When I hit a coin at depths around 5 to 7 inches the ID is bouncing around. But overall a decent detector
    1 point
  13. After owning my 600 since they were first released I finally recently sold it (upgraded to a second Equinox 800). It did everything I could ask for from a detector and I used it at least 15 hours per week for almost 3 years with zero problems whatsoever. That's over 2000 hours of use!!!! If you don't need the gold prospecting modes and some of the more advanced features, the Equinox 600 is hard to beat for the money if buying new and buying one used with some warranty left is an incredible deal for around $400 currently. I made some amazing finds with mine and paid for its original price with
    1 point
  14. May have To upgrade my order to have the New 8 inch coil as a back up option .... to get in closer to stumps and logs piers or rocks Add it into my bag of tricks...... Glad to see Fisher leading the industry love the picture and layout of controls.....looking Good... jimpugh
    1 point
  15. This is basically just a copy of the review I left for the Fisher F19. The Teknetics G2+ is exactly the same detector but with a different coil and rod setup as normally sold. Electronically and operationally it is the same detector as the F19 with identical performance. I actually kind of prefer the pistol grip design over the S rod on the F19 for comfort but both suit me very well and so frankly its a bit of a toss up for me between the two models. I am a Fisher Gold Bug Pro fan. The machine is lightweight, easy to use, and very effective for what it is designed for. However, the Gold B
    1 point
  16. I used both the earlier CZ-20 and the CZ-21. I am a fan of the CZ series in general, and consider the CZ-21 to be one of the two VLF detectors I personally favor for serious water detecting, the other being the Minelab Excalibur. I am purposefully excluding detectors waterproof to 10 feet when I say this. The CZ-21 at 250 ft and Excalibur at 200 ft depth capability are far more robust detectors for those that truly intend on using a detector almost exclusively in the water. Detectors good to 10 feet are ok for mask and snorkel use but the CZ-21 is a true SCUBA capable detector. The downsi
    1 point
  17. I purchased my Monster in March of this year. My original unit had an issue, it would reboot itself with no user input. I contacted Minelab via email and after trying a few things they provided a shipping label and I returned it. Since the unit was less than 30 days old they sent me a new detector. While nobody wants to get a defective unit I was impressed with their customer service. Currently I have in excess of 50 hours using the detector. I describe this machine as a very easy to use and very sensitive to small gold detector. Four user adjustments is all it has: On/Off, Sensi
    1 point
  18. I have owned a Nox 600 for ten months have found lots of coins. Have a six inch sniper coil as well as grey ghost headphones. Had an issue with the pinpoint detect button. Minelab were very good replacing the unit. Would recommend this as a great starter pack.
    1 point
  19. I recently bought a Teknetics Patriot. I have been interested in this detector since it was released and finally found a deal I could not refuse. I have owned another Teknetics 13kHz detector that had EMI issues in the urban areas I usually hunt in . I was afraid that the Patriot would exhibit some of the same behavior. Fortunately, even on the default settings in Program 1 (discrimination mode) the Patriot was very quiet and needed no adjusting except to turn up the sensitivity!!!! So far, I have really enjoyed detecting with the Patriot both for its detecting prowess and for its outst
    1 point
  20. Hi, I have never used an Omega 8500. I have read that it has improved EMI shielding. I have owned the earlier version, the Omega 8000. The O8 is an excellent detector. I owned a version 4 with the 1/8" and 1/4" headphone jacks. This detector had two modes: all metal and discrimination. It reminded me a lot of the F19/Teknetics G2+ but at a lower transmit frequency and better audio features. Its major drawback was it suffered heavily from EMI interference at least in my area. It was impossible to turn the gain up above 50 even with frequency shifts and using the all metal mode was not ple
    1 point
  21. I really love the Fisher F19 Teknetics G2+ form factor. I love it so much that I have bought 2 of them in the past 3 years. I used them for gold prospecting in all metal mode and for detecting in tougher ground balance areas and at beaches for coins and jewelry. I really like the look, operation and comfortable feel of these detectors. They are great for gold prospecting in the .5 gram and larger size range. The 10" X5" coil size both in the stock coil and in some of the aftermarket coils worked very well and provided good depth and stable operation. I did not like this detector as much with
    1 point
  22. If there's such a thing as the perfect VLF gold nugget detector, the Gold Monster 1000 is it. Super simple to operate, lightweight, weatherproof, extreme sensitivity to a wide range of nugget sizes and depths, boosted audio, rechargeable battery, two coils, great price...what's not to like?!
    1 point
  23. Over a decade ago I would have given the White's MXT a five star rating, and am only giving it a four star rating because it is showing its age. The MXT was one of the first detectors to really leverage a microprocessor design in a metal detector by having a switch that made it like owning three detectors in one - Coins & Jewelry, Relics, and Gold Prospecting. Yet it stuck with an analog knob type control interface that is one of the best examples of simplicity and ease of learning I have seen in any detector. The controls are not only clearly marked with "cheater" settings but an abbrevia
    1 point
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